Defiance

Freedom begins with an act of defiance!


Defiance
Based on a true story set during World War II, this is the tale of how four brothers in Belarus stood up against the might of the Nazi army. After losing most of their family in a German massacre, four Jewish brothers set up home in the woods. Soon they are joined by other Jews, and decide not to turn any applicants away. Their band soon grows to over 1000, which provides both opportunities and challenges: opportunity to strike back, and challenges to remain free and well fed. Disputes amongst the brothers lead to one leaving to join the Russian army, while the rest try to stay alive until the end of the war.

135 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence, Prejudice).
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, On the art circuit

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M is never going to believe me this time...

Credits

Cast
Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, George MacKay, Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein
Director
Edward Zwick
ScreenplayClayton Frohman, Edward Zick, from the book by Nechama Tec
MusicJames Newton Howard
CinematographyEduardo Serra
EditingSteven Roseblum
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2008
Produced byThe Bedford Falls Company, Grosvenor Park Productions, Pistachio Pictures

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageStrong, frequent
NudityNone
SexVery brief, but mildly implied, no impact
ViolenceStrong, fairly intense psychological and physical violence
PrejudiceRacial prejudice and hatred, anti-semitism, persecutions in historical context
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseSome heavy alcohol use and inebriation in context
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
5
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith
10
Die Burger
Mariana Malan
10
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
10
The Citizen
Peter Feldman quote iconThis 135-minute production embraces family, honour, vengeance and salvation in its powerful statement.
16
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
24.com
Ivan Sadler quote iconApproached with the right frame of mind Defiance could be enjoyable, but the non-stop clichés and stupid script ruin what could have been something special.
5
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe story of Defiance has all the makings of a deep emotional experience, but I found myself oddly detached.
13
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconThough Zwick’s ham-fisted treatment of the tale and the hokey, variously accented dialogue often reduce Defiance to the level of a rote war movie, the details of the partisans’ achievement still make for compelling viewing.
10
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconFor all the film's flaws, this is a war story told with passion about a band of brothers that still has the power to inspire.
13
Metacritic.com
34 critics
12
Rottentomatoes critics
149 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconProfessionally made but artistically uninspired, Ed Zwick's story of Jews surviving WWII in the Belarus forest lacks the emotional punch of the actual history.
11

What the People say

Internet
11948 Netizens
15

Average .. 57%

11

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